Ask the DMV

Ask the DMV: Out of state or not, no texting while driving

Q: I live in Nevada and frequently travel by car to California on business. Do the text messaging and cell phone laws apply to me as well? A: These laws apply to anyone driving in ...

Ask the DMV: Take off the hat for license photo

Q: What is the DMV’s policy for headgear when the license photo is taken?A: The department prefers the removal of headgear, unless it is part of your normal identification, o ...

Ask the DMV: Don’t expect a new license when you change your address

Q: I recently changed my address through the DMV Web site. I have yet to receive a new ID. If I get pulled over, will I get cited for having an incorrect address on my license?A: T ...

Ask the DMV: Drive unsafe in bad weather, get a speeding ticket

Q: I was cited for speeding last week on a rainy day. I am really angry about it because I was going under the speed limit. The posted speed limit was 50 and I was going 45mph. How ...

Ask the DMV: No cell phones for minors behind the wheel

Q: Is it true that minors are never allowed to use cell phones when driving, even with a hands-free device?A: That is correct. It is against the law for a minor to use a cell phone ...

Ask the DMV: The only way to ‘remove’ points is to wait

Q: Is it possible to “remove” points from your driving record? A: Points are not something you want on your driving record, and they can be assigned as a result of col ...

Ask the DMV: The best defense against aggressive driving is to avoid it

Q: What is the proper way to handle an aggressive driver on the roadway? A: Aggressive driving happens when crowded roads, rushing, and impatience cause one driver  to   ...

Ask the DMV: No motorcycle sharing until properly licensed

Q: My brother recently purchased a motorcycle and though he has a motorcycle license, I do not. Am I allowed to drive his bike? A: No. Driving any motor vehicle without the proper ...

Ask the DMV: Didn’t get the other accident party’s info? The DMV has it

Q: I was recently in an accident and I was so upset I didn’t think about all the information I should have gotten from the person that hit me. How do I get information on the oth ...

When does a car need to be smogged?

Q: I bought my car two years ago, but have never had a smog check. Am I supposed to get routine smog checks, or will the DMV notify me when it’s time to get one done? A: The ...

Ask the DMV: Want to pass that driving test? Check out YouTube

Q: My son saw a series of videos at school that showed the most common reasons why people fail the drive test. She said the DMV produced them. Are they available online? A: Yes &m ...

Ask the DMV: Red paint or not, don’t park close to fire hydrants

Q: I recently received a parking citation for parking in front of a fire hydrant, but the curb was not painted. Doesn’t the curb have to be painted red to indicate no parking ...

Ask the DMV: Even if it’s just a fender bender, call the DMV

Q: I rear-ended another vehicle last week when the driver made a sudden stop at an intersection and I wasn’t able to brake quickly enough. Do I have to file a report with the DMV ...

Ask the DMV: What are the rules for adults seeking a license?

Q: My son just turned 18 years old but never got his driver license. He’s now ready to learn the rules of the road and get his license. What is the process? A: The process ...

Ask the DMV: Finding the right air bag safety zone

Q: I am only 5-foot-1, so I sit very close to my steering wheel. Should I de-activate my air bags? I’ve heard that sitting too close to them can be dangerous in an accident.A ...
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